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Title: J A Smyth, Essex, Ontario, to B. M. Smyth, Castledamph
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, James Alexander/66
SenderSmyth, James Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationstudent
Sender ReligionProtestant (Methodist)
OriginEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
DestinationCo. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.0410085
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 26:10:2004.
Word Count119
TranscriptEnvelope addressed to:-

Miss B. M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

Postmarked on Front:-

DE 20th 1897

Back of Envelope:-

Arrived 31-12-1897

Arrived Dec 31st 1897


DEC 20

DE 20th

Essex Ont Essex Ont. [Ontario?]
Dec 19-12-97 Dec,19th 97

Dear Sister 19-12=97 19-12.12

I received your letter
a few days ago and I see
you sent me [Tommy?] Hayes
address, I think I told
you in my last letter, I had
a letter from him. I got
it previous to receiving your
letter, but I have not
answered it yet, He did
not give [me?] much news about
war etc which I would like
to know about, nor about the
physical features of the
Country. These are things
which would interest me
about that Country.
In regards [that?] new School
teacher, there are a family
of that name here in Essex.
Two boys and a girl are
going to High School.
The girl was telling me the
other day that her father
came from Armagh so I
was thinking they might be
same relation, Her father
was a Minister but is dead.
If you are introduced to
them at any time you
might bring up the
conversation and find out.
When any changes come
around. Remember the
rules of society, You know
there is nothing among strangers
that marks one [one s?] ignorance
so quickly as this, and
indeed I must say these
rules are almost unknown
in that neighbourhood, and
let me tell you there is a marked
difference between those who
study History Literature etc,
I have found this out myself
just in conversation with people
here, This thought came into
my mind and I gave it
a passing notice.
I feel sorry for any strange [stranger?]
comming [coming?] into that
neighbourhood and I don t expect that
sojourn will be very long
They met a (sic) elegant sample
of the community for a
start. I would have liked
to have known the teachers
opinions at that time.
I think Mr stein show (sic) queer
conduct for a Preacher.
As to the discord among
the Brethern [brethren?] I shall say
nothing about it,
Speech is [silver?] but silence
is golden, so I will have
the golden part of it this time.
Glad to know of that
Sunday School started,
Go to it and in winter evening (sic)
get some good books and
take a course of reading,
It will help you all
wonderfully, I don t mean
any one of a family but all
families Dickens works is [are?]
good reading or a (sic) Eng [English?]
History. I am studying
the History of Greece and
Rome just now and I find
it very useful. Widen your
knowledge by reading and
it will aid much in [writing?]
and in conversation.
I am indeed sorry to hear of
all the trouble with that [wad?],
I should think they will
be glad when the time is up
Now you see if the boys
had went at some [trades?]


or went on to school, it would
have been a simple matter to
[sum?] the same amount without
half the trouble, as it is they
will be labouring all their
lives for very little, and I see
Mary and John following the
same example,
We are having quite a
cold spell just now,
Good skating yesterday.
We had Lyceum on Friday.
I and three [5th?] boys made
Made (sic) three minutes speeches
each. My subject was Xmas
in Ireland. I did nt say
a great deal about it.
one thing I didn t till [tell?]
them about drinking Whiskey.
School closes on Wednesday and
opens on Jan 4th 1898
I dont know how many people
are going to be at Woodslee, [in?]
Xmas. I think Annie will
be up from St. Thomas, but
Charley has to work. Miss
Ballantyne is not comming [coming?]
She could not get away from
her work, I was down at
Woodslee last Saturday.
I suppose I will receive a
letter this week, However
I can answer it next as
I will be able to write [from?] this
on for three Cents,

Your Brother

J A Smyth.